Hermes Press to Publish Dick Tracy Graphic Novel in 2019

Hermes Press proudly announced today the creation of an all-new Dick Tracy graphic novel written and drawn by Dick Tracy comic strip veteran Richard Pietrzyk.  The story will take place during the 1940’s and promises to be a reboot in the mold of the classic years of the feature in a film noir adventure that holds true to the origins of the character.

Richard Pietrzyk has a rich artistic history that includes working on Brenda Starr, the Archie strip and Katy Keene.  But today we’re talking Dick Tracy, and Pietrzyk had an opportunity to work with Tracy creator Chester Gould doing lettering late in Gould’s career when Rick Fletcher was doing most of the artwork.  Having the chance to meet with Chester every two weeks, Richard was able to talk with Tracy’s creator about his characters and his art mechanics.  

Pietrzyk discussed those conversations with Gould in an interview on Hermes Press, here’s a sample,

“Once time I told him I had created a character named Pickle Puss, and PP looked a little like a Dill pickle with eyes, nose, and a mouth. And when CG looked at my interpretation of this character, he said, “Drawing a character like that in profile would be very difficult to do.” So he suggested that we go into the kitchen and get a jar of pickles from his refrigerator so we could determine the look and texture of a perfect pickle. There we were, holding it longways and sideways, try to figure out the best way to draw this character. And, of course, we were using a dill pickle for a model, which I thought was quite funny.”

Now we are excited to see Dick Tracy in another medium and most would agree it’s long overdue, but Archie Comics attempted a similar reboot several months ago that ran afoul of licensing issues.   So we’re going to exercise some emotional caution and not get to excited for the new Tracy comic until some more time passes.   Hopefully the spaghetti that is Dick Tracy rights has been sorted and everything is good to go for Hermes Press.

Richard Pietrzyk’s Dick Tracy plans to arrive in late summer of 2019.

The Golden Age, 1942’s Chuck Sayne talks with Joe Staton

What did you do on Free Comic Book day last weekend?  Maryville, Pennslyvania residents had some fun when Dick Tracy artist Joe Staton and fellow artists Tom Nguyen and Robyn McCammon visited The Golden Age, 1942, a former radio station transformed into brightly red, yellow and blue comic book store.  Having itself opened on a Free Comic Book Day two years ago, the Maryville store celebrated the the annual event as both a holiday and an anniversary.  

Turn out was great, and freedom limited for the guests of honor but Chuck Sayne still had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Joe.  (Ok, they are standing I guess).  Check out the conversation in the above video and stay tuned for part two which I’ll append when it becomes available. 

Edit: Now available

In addition The Golden Age is hosting a charity auction for the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association on their Facebook page, including a Golden Age Justice Society art print signed by Staton.   Check out everything up for auction here, The Golden Age can ship to the winner so make a bid if you are interested! (Auction Closed May 12th)

 

Dick Tracy Returns to Monthly Comics in 2018 (Cancelled)

Exciting news for yellow fedora hat lovers, Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision broke news today that Archie Comics will begin publishing an all-new Dick Tracy monthly comic in April 2018.  Writers Alex Segura and Michael Moreci will join artist Thomas Pitilli and colorist Dee Cunniffe in producing the new comic which goes back to the golden age of Dick Tracy, just after the second world war.   Segura (who is also the Archie Comics’ Co-President) and Moreci will begin with a year one debut, allowing readers to see Dick Tracy at the start of his detective career and how some of the most famous rogues in his gallery met their match.  

I’m dying to drop the details and awesome new Tracy look on the Depot, but instead I encourage you to read how it went down at the Hollywood Reporter and then pop over and get a first glimpse of Pitilli’s Dick Tracy at Newsarama.  Dick Tracy #1 will be on sale both April 11th!

 

Update: Sadly due to a licensing issue on the Tribune’s part, this comic will not in fact be happening.  

Archie Comics DICK TRACY Series Not Happening After All

When Chester Gould Ruled

Nick Caputo writes comic articles and essays and is the author of the blog, Marvel Mysteries and Comics Minutiae.   Nick’s latest work is a loving article about growing up reading the Dick Tracy comic strip during the space age era.  Like many who started reading Tracy during the moon period, these stories were not strange and contrary to the gritty 30’s and 40’s crime capers that their parents grew up with but were exciting introductions to a detective who could go to the Moon and back to solve a crime.  If you have the time, head on over to Nick’s blog for a read!